Solomon’s Wisdom and Gun Control

22 Dec

We celebrate the wisdom of ancient Israel’s king, Solomon, even today. He is known for one judgment in particular, in which he settled a dispute between two prostitutes by having a sword brought to cut a child in two. (SPOILER ALERT: The child lived. See the full story below.)

The Second Amendment Lobby tells us we all need guns for our protection, and that More Guns Equals Less Crime.

But do we? Do they? And does the NRA stand in the place of Solomon?

All I see when we talk about the right to bear arms is a bunch of dead kids.

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A Wise Ruling (1 Kings 3:16-28, NIV)

Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.
One of them said, “My lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me.
The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
“During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him.
So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast.
The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’ ”
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.
He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

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